The background storyRemember our dental visit back last month. Unfortunately during the dental check up, I discovered that my teeth was in a bad shape. The teeth had decayed as a result of baby bottle teeth decay. In a matter of months since the discovery , the teeth had rot so badly that there is a possibility of infection on the gums.
Long story short, it's their fault!
|Lollipop cause tooth decay?|
Cause and ConsequencesAs for me, it is the deadly combination of night feeds, sweets and apples ( acidic food like apples can hurt milk teeth! ) that sped up the tooth decay. On the first visit, Dr Ong of Kid's Dental World discovered 6 cavities and 2 very decayed teeth. The doctor tried to save the teeth, but due to its state, extraction would be a cleaner and safer option. Furthermore, it is noted that my molars have started the decay, so it is necessary to fill them to save them as molars are needed to chew food.
Adult molars only appear at age 10 to 12 so it will be a long long wait if we choose to ignore the decay and let it rot.
|Do I really need to pull out my teeth?|
Furthermore the thought of me losing the teeth so early concerned my parents as they worry about the impact on the future adult teeth as well as my own feelings on the loss of the teeth.
Leap of FaithOn the fateful day of the appointed surgery, we had to be at Novena Surgery at Novena Medical center early in the morning at 7am. I was led to the room with my Daddy. Within a minute under GA, I was knocked out.
Like any parents out there, this is one the most feared thing Daddy had gone through with me. Daddy hugged me tight as the GA is applied. Before I went to sleep, I thought I saw a tear in Daddy's eyes...
|The broken teeth|
As you can see from the picture, the decay was quite bad. The long bit on one of the tooth is actually the root, the small little bit on the tip is what is left of my expose tooth. The teeth would probably be lost within 6 months without extraction, but that would mean the infected roots will still be in the gum and may even affect the adult teeth that is developing.
Bye bye teeth, see you in 3 years time...
Smile... and the world smiles with youThe doctor had fixed the rest of my teeth, so it means I get a brand new slate in the teeth department. I think I still had a great smile... Do you agree?
As a result of this experience, the night feeds are gradually wean. I brush my teeth with fluoride now and I had not touch a lollipop for over 2 months. Add to this the tooth fairy paid me a visit that evening and left me some change to buy a new toy. I guess things happen for a reason.
As for the impact on me, I am nonchalant about the loss. Life goes on...I still smile with ease and am not bothered with the loss of teeth. My appetite seems to be improving as well.
I guess for now we might need to change our names of The Wacky Duo to The Bogay Duo.